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Bowmans Crossroads, Alabama

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Although we found mention of Bowmans Crossroads during our research, we have little information about it.<1> Given the context of how Bowmans Crossroads was mentioned, we believe that it was a community rather than some type of landmark. We have done a cursory search and if it's a community, we haven't been able to find any evidence that it still exists.

One piece of information that we would especially like to find is the location (ie- GPS coordinates) of Bowmans Crossroads. If you can help us locate Bowmans Crossroads, please Contact Us.

About Bowmans Crossroads
Bowmans Crossroads<2> is located in DeKalb County (Alabama).

Our Pages for Bowmans Crossroads ...

-profile   General information about Bowmans Crossroads
-nearby   What's in the neighborhood around Bowmans Crossroads
-bycounty   Nearest communities to Bowmans Crossroads (By-County)
-census   Census information for Bowmans Crossroads
-tidbits   Tidbits and trivia about Bowmans Crossroads
-genealogy   Our Genealogy Helper for Bowmans Crossroads
-summary   Summarized information
-map   Interactive map centered on Bowmans Crossroads
-tripmap   TripAdvisor Tourism pages
-misc   Miscellaneous information
-wishlist   Things we would like to know about Bowmans Crossroads
-glossary   This page...

Glossary and Definitions ...

Area Code Overlay
An Overlay refers to the situation in which two (or more) area codes (eg- 256, 938) serve the same geographic area. In the case of Bowmans Crossroads, area code (938) is the Overlay for area code (256).

The Overlay is necessary when the geographic area requires (or planners expect to need) more phone numbers than can be provided by a single area code.

When an Overlay is present, 10-digit dialing becomes necessary for all calls, even if local. There are different types of Overlays, with each Overlay having its own characteristics and dialing requirements.

If you would like to learn more about Overlays, we suggest the Wikipedia entry for Overlays.
FIPS Codes
In the past, the federal government created a set of codes that are used to uniquely identify States, Counties and Populated Places (such as a community like Bowmans Crossroads). These codes form the Federal Information Processing Standard. (specifically FIPS Document 55-3).

The State Code consists of two digits, the County Code consists of three digits and the Place Code consists of five digits. The County and Place Codes must be used together with the State Code to be truly unique.

For example, the following codes apply to the community of Bowmans Crossroads:

- State Code:  01 (Alabama)

- State / County Code:  01 / 049 (DeKalb County)

- State / Place Code:  01 / 08536

The FIPS Codes have been replaced by an ANSI standard and the GNIS Feature ID. Although obsolete, the FIPS Codes are still in use by some organizations.

For more information about the FIPS Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Bowmans Crossroads.

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went south past Bowmans Crossroads and then turned east". While Bowmans Crossroads could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Bowmans Crossroads as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that Bowmans Crossroads could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community.

Since confusion between counties is common, we searched and weren't able to find another Alabama community named Bowmans Crossroads.

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<2>It's a common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Bowmans Crossroads may originally have been Bowman's Crossroads. Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Bowmans Crossroads might be written as Bowman Crossroads. For more information, please visit our Genealogy Helper Page for Bowmans Crossroads.

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